Eagles’ power and pace sees off plucky Rams

DEWSBURY FORWARD Jason Muranka scored a hat-trick but it proved to be in vain as the Rams’ reserves lost 41-24 to Sheffield at the Tetley’s Stadium.

The Eagles had USA World Cup star Loto Tagaloa in their side and he proved to be difficult for the home side, scoring four tries.

Sheffield winger Ryan Millar managed a hat-trick of his own as the visitors had too much pace and power for the young Rams, who did well to remain competitive.

The away side opened the scoring through winger Millar, but the Rams responded quickly through Muranka, who ran a great line onto Jose Kenga’s superb short ball to stream over from 30 metres.

Tagaloa then put the Eagles back in front with his first try of the evening, before Muranka again drew the hosts level.

But Sheffield went into half-time in front after Millar added his second score and stand-off Ben Brailsford sent over a drop-goal to make it 19-12 to the Eagles.

Second-row Tagaloa gave his side a perfect start to the second-half when he stretched over to extend his side’s lead, and crossed twice more in the minutes that followed to hand Ged Corcoran’s side a comfortable lead.

But Muranka spearheaded the Rams’ fightback with his third try, before Josh Ellis ran onto a great flat ball from Joe McLocklan to narrow the deficit to just 13 points.

The hosts continued to toil in attack but Millar rounded off the scoring for Sheffield as he showed excellent pace to beat the Rams’ cover defence from a quick tap to complete his hat-trick.

Next-up for Jonathan Schofield’s team is a trip to Keighley next Thursday, April 30 (7.30pm).

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